We introduce you the new Klimber P, the first lightweight high-performance Niviuk EN D wing. Fully certified, this new model is intended for those pilots who want more: more performance, more aerodynamics, more adrenaline. Ideal for those who want to exceed current limits, expert pilots who are insatiable for adventure flight and hike & fly and vol-biv aficionados who are looking for a tool to match their highest expectations.
The main objective of the R&D team was to find the perfect compromise between maximum performance and the least possible weight and volume. The result is that packing, carrying and flying the Klimber P is not only comfortable, it is an extraordinary experience. And all this, of course, meets the maximum safety standards and guarantees that are the hallmark of our company.
With a total number of points that would have won him the UK XC league just a few years ago, third placed Niviuk pilot Wayne Seeley reflects on his cross-country season.
The national UK XC league is scored on the top six flights of the season. Flying his trusty Icepeak 6, Wayne was placed third with a total of 1126 points and his score also helped his club, XClent win the top British club prize.
His flights included a number of declared triangles and goal flights, including a record-breaking competition goal flight of 211km (271.6 points) in 6hrs 47mins flying time!
In a highly competitive season that just kept giving, Wayne’s last big flight was on the 2nd October 2016, where he completed a declared triangle worth 182.6 points and snatching the bronze position.
He said: “The last flight of the season was one of the best, it was October and the season should have been over but the day looked good for the time of year and after an amazing 3h 63 km declared FAI triangle followed, which I needed to snatch 3rd place in the National XC league”.
He also reminisced about the record breaking flight from Tinto, saying “What a day! Seven hours and 211 km goal flight, my first flight in Scotland and although one of the first off the hill, I missed the first climb out with the gaggle which meant chasing hard and low over new terrain for the first hour to catch up the leaders. From that point we managed to fly the next 180 km as a pretty decent gaggle, we split a few times, a few dropped out along the way as it got tricky around the 150 km point. We worked well as a team to stay in the air then the 8 of us left to cruised the last 30 km under a convergence line. It doesn't get much better than that! And finally landing together in goal at 200+km with a bunch of your cross-country mates who you had flown with all day”.
His final memorable flight of the season was one where buzzards attacked his Icepeak 6, causing enough damage to make him buy another Icepeak!
Congratulations Wayne on this great achievement and good luck for the next season!
Niviuk is proud to support Fly High Nepal in their latest adventure. In the coming few days, the team are attempting a tandem paragliding expedition over Machapuchare, part of the Annapurna Himalayas of north central Nepal.
Machapuchare (6,993 m) is a sacred mountain, which has never been summited by climbers. However, it is not forbidden to fly over it. In November 2014 team member Hervé Burdet managed to fly to the summit for the first time. The technicality of the flight, as well as the special high-altitude flying, terrain and metrological knowledge required, has inspired Fly High Nepal to organise this adventure as a tandem expedition. Niviuk is supporting the project with Takoo 3 tandem wings.
Four teams, lead by four very experienced pilots (Christophe Blanc-Gras, Hervé Burdet, Dimitri Angonin and Jérôme Blanc-Gras), will be ready to launch themselves into aerial exploration, to see what no one has seen before.
The take-off will be around 3,500 meters high, on a site which requires three days of trekking to reach, starting in Pokhara. They will then attempt to fly up to an altitude of 7,000 meters. The passengers, Soren Rickards, Anais Montessuit, Julien Blanc-Grass and Charlotte Tambour will have the task of documenting the experience and the team will produce a video of the adventure.
We wish them good weather and success in their mission. We will be following their adventures and report on them as we get news.
Flybubble is a respected paragliding company from the UK. The team spent some time thoroughly testing the new Roller and their summary: “The Niviuk Roller is great”.
Flybubble tested three sizes of the wing is varying conditions and wind strengths. About the size 20 they said they were: “Impressed at how it handled the breeze yet kept a good sink rate and performance: excellent for a mini wing. Where the paragliders were mostly 'pinned' facing into wind near the ridge, I had noticeably more freedom of movement on the Roller. First impressions of the size 20 loaded at around 92 kg (max load 115 kg) are that it's easy to manage on the ground and in the air, with impressive performance; a great first mini wing for a pilot (of the right weight) with good piloting skills”.
They had this to say on the Roller 16: “At first the wind was a bit top end for full size paragliders - good for the Roller - however the wind soon eased significantly. Although many 'full fat' paragliders were at ridge height (struggling to climb) the Roller was still able to hang on, due to its good performance, combined with flying efficiently in areas of maximum lift close to the ridge. The extra speed and playful agility of the Roller made me smile. It's perfect for indulging in some joyful swooping and twig-kicking”.
In summary, they said “For pilots looking for a mini wing that will extend their wind range, that is a lot of fun to fly, with excellent performance but easy to handle, the Niviuk Roller is great!”.
Team Fly Halo has announced the dates for the Icarus Trophy 2017. Billed as the world’s toughest air race, the Icarus Trophy paramotor competition will take place for the third time from 22nd Sept - 5th October 2017.
The course will be from Montana to Nevada, covering nearly 2000 km through some of the most iconic American scenery. Applications are now open for the race, as well as a number of similar, shorter races called the global XC race series. These will take place in Florida & Washington (USA), Queensland & Brisbane (AUS) and Dorset (UK).
Dobermann 2 pilot David Wainwright (AUS) has won the Race Division for the competition twice and Byron Leisek (Dobermann 2) won the 2016 Adventure Division.
A month after the 2017 global XContest started, Roberta Perinetti has taken an early lead in the women’s ranking. After spending a few weeks in Bir Billing, India, she has racked up an impressive 986.5 points already.
Flying her Artik 4, she completed six 100km+ flights in one week. The longest was 151.20 km (181.44 points), which required spending 6:46 hours in the air. Her other flights were 126.37km, 123.08km, 144.65km, 127.47km and 148.94km. She had a rest day on the 24th of October, but in the week between the 19th – 25th October, she was in the air for over 39 hours! An impressive week and excellent flying!
The Bi Skin 2 P promises epic adventures and these, as expected, have not been slow in coming. This weekend, Zeb Roche, who recently joined the Niviuk team, and his friend Jean-Michel Bacou completed an impressive hike & fly expedition to Ama Dablam, a 6812 meter mountain located in the eastern part of the Nepalese Himalayas.
After eight days of ascent and acclimatisation, at midnight on Saturday the two adventurers set out from base camp (at 5,700 meters) for the summit, carrying our new light 3.3kg tandem wing.
Zeb explains: "It was extraordinary, the weather of your dreams, a little wind during the climb and some stronger wind at the take-off (35-40 km/h). However, despite these conditions, the Bi Skin 2 P behaved great - we took off in half a second! We flew 200 meters above the peak of Ama Dablam on super laminar air, the views of those unique giant mountains was stunning. After a 45 minute flight, we finally landed at base camp at 4,600 meters. Simply magical.
The ascent was via steep slopes with fixed ropes, although some of them were really scary. So to flying down the mountain it was a real joy!”.
At Niviuk we will continue to follow their adventures, as well as the flights of all those who try the Bi Skin 2 P - the new single-skin tandem which is the lightest in the world.
We would like to present the new Bi Skin 2 P, the lightest EN B tandem in the world. Weighing only 3.3kg and with an extremely reduced packing volume, this single-surface tandem has the capacity to carry loads of up to 190kg, so that both pilot and passenger can share the experience of flight, hike & fly and vol biv adventures and descend from mountains with complete safety.
Available in size 31 m², the new Bi Skin 2 P is designed for leisure flights as well as commercial flights. The Bi Skin 2 P is certainly a revolutionary wing that has a surprising manoeuvrability and is capable of instilling a high degree of confidence in the pilot and, consequently, the passenger.
Discover the wing that marks a milestone not only in the world of tandem paragliding but in the general paragliding market as well.
21.10.16 Niviuk tops to podium at the Canungra Cup!
Although the weather was unkind to the famous Australian Canungra Cup, there were three valid tasks. The final one covered a 100km distance to Maryvale. The overall winner was Wally Arcidiacono, flying an Icepeak 8.
Kirsten Seeto (Peak 3) topped the women's podium with Kate Baker (Artik 4) taking the silver medal.
James Thompson (Icepeak 8) was awarded third place in the Master's class.